Las Cruces, NM — Bakersfield’s Erica Shelton and Kansas City’s Nina Tzianos have been named Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for Aug. 19-25.
Shelton, a senior midfielder from Bakersfield, Calif. (UC Santa Barbara), became the first Roadrunner to record a hat trick at the Division I level. Shelton recorded her three goals in Friday’s 4-1 win at against Southern Utah. Shelton is one of only five Bakersfield players to score at least three goals in a single game. She also recorded six shots against the T-Birds. In a 5-2 setback to Cal Poly on Sunday, Shelton recorded an assist. Overall on the week, Shelton registered eight shots, four shots on goal, three goals, one assist and seven points.
Tzianos, a sophomore goalkeeper from St. Louis, Mo. (Lingbergh HS), recorded a shutout in Friday’s 1-0 win over SIUE. She recorded three saves in the victory over the Cougars. Tzianos gave up only one goal and tallied four saves in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Southeast Missouri. On the week, Tzianos played all 180 minutes with seven saves, two wins and a shutout.
Other offensive nominees included: Grand Canyon sophomore forward Cassie Beckwith … Kansas City senior midfielder Ashley Gann … New Mexico State senior midfielder Mary Kate Koziol … Seattle U junior forward Stephanie Verdoia … Utah Valley senior forward Haley Curtis.
Other defensive nominees included: Grand Canyon senior goalkeeper Cat Lena … New Mexico State senior goalkeeper Jessica Schutter … Utah Valley junior midfielder Lexi Robison.